Oxford Brookes brings mechanical engineering course to Swindon

Monday, 18 April 2016

mechanical engineering

Oxford Brookes is offering a new foundation degree in partnership with Swindon College.

Starting September 2016, the foundation degree in Mechanical Engineering will give Swindon students the opportunity to learn the underpinning knowledge of mechanical principles, design and manufacturing, helping budding engineers prepare for a career in the mechanical engineering industry.  

At Swindon College’s Open Evening this Thursday 21 April from 5.00pm, potential students will be able to find out more about the new course, among others. They will also be able to meet Oxford Brookes Racing, one of the top Formula Student teams who are displaying their super-fast, specifically engineered racing car.

We already successfully run the foundation degree in mechanical engineering at our other partner colleges so it is great to be able to expand it to Swindon. There is an increasing demand in the industry for employees with the right vocational knowledge and skills, and this course is designed to meet the needs of a range of local employers.

Professor Gareth Neighbour, Head of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, Oxford Brookes University

Oxford Brookes University partners with Swindon College as part of its Associate College Partnership, which has been running successfully for over eleven years and offers students alternative ways to gain qualifications.

The new foundation degree course is run by the University’s renowned Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (MEMS). Students will undertake a range of modules on the course; from engineering science, mathematics, electrical and electronic principles, as well as effective team working and other interpersonal skills key to working with employers.

Professor Gareth Neighbour, Head of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences  said: “We already successfully run the foundation degree in mechanical engineering at our other partner colleges so it is great to be able to expand it to Swindon. There is an increasing demand in the industry for employees with the right vocational knowledge and skills, and this course is designed to meet the needs of a range of local employers, particularly those allied to the manufacturing and automotive industries in the South West.

“Together with the College we have established strong links with locally based international companies such as BMW Group, Honda Manufacturing UK, Network Rail and Schneider Electric offering great employment opportunities for student and support in their pursuit of higher education.”

This course also represents a significant progression route for students graduating from UTC Swindon, who we co-sponsor.”

Forumla student car

The flexible programme structure also allows students to remain in employment whilst studying and offers progression to a bachelor’s degree through one-year top-up programmes or a Degree Apprenticeship. Newly introduced by the Government last year, Degree Apprenticeships bring together the best of higher and vocational education, combining academic study and practical, paid experience in the workplace. Jointly funded by businesses they are designed to further boost collaboration between universities and businesses.

MEMS has always strongly supported apprenticeship schemes; their long-established relationship with BMW Group for example, extends from research and development activities to apprentice training on foundation degrees.  

For more information about applying for the course visit Swindon College’s website. Details of their Open Evening are available on the Events pages

Image: Students showing US Ambassador Matthew W. Barzun the Oxford Brookes Formula Student car in October 2015